I almost do not believe what I’ve just read. Talk about spin. … wow… first of all, you have not justified your point that each of the other sons (Mt. 13:55) have shown to be the sons of another Mary. The names of these four sons were very common in their culture, as was the name Mary, and we do not have last names.
Matt. 13:55 must be interpreted at face value rather than a subjective inference. It is true that Mary’s sister was also called Mary the wife of Clopas It is true that the scripture names three of her sons, but does not suggest there were more than three. AND, only two had the same name as what is listed in the passage in question: James (the younger) and Jose. The third son is named Salome, (Mk. 15:40.)
The names of the four sons of Mary the mother of Jesus, are consistently named in other passages and called his “brothers.” The names are never switched out or add to. It is a stretch to imply that his brothers may be from another mother. (no joke intended.) We read in Matt. 12:46, “While he was still speaking to the people, behold, HIS mother and HIS brothers stood outside…” We must read it at face value seeing that there is nothing in the passage that would steer us away from the plane meaning.
How about John 2:12, "After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days. "
John 7:3, "So his brothers said to him, 'leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. " Face value here too.
Here’s another one: Acts 1:14, "All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers."
By this time his brothers were converted and followed Him.
Here’s one more, 1st. Cor. 9:5, "Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?
In all of these cases we do not have the right to impose an idea that is not explicitly expressed, such as the word brothers can mean other relatives or cousins. The Greek word for brother in each of these passages is deliberate.
If the holy Spirit wanted to convey something other, He would have easily done so. But he did not.
Jesus had half brothers and at least two sisters. Catholic tradition is simply wrong about it. Why is it so hard to accept scripture over tradition?